Manchester’s storied role in the Industrial Revolution is well known. At the heart of the thriving textile industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, industrial totems and remains of the day are found across the city, from the parades of Victorian homes to the curated machinery and factory tools in the city’s eye-opening Science and Industry Museum.
As England’s third largest city—the birthplace of football (that is soccer), the railways and Rolls Royce—Manchester boasts a dynamic economy and a robust performing arts scene. The Lowry center, named for the city’s most famous son, has become one of the north of England’s most prestigious cultural centers. The Manchester Art Gallery continues to flourish with an ever expanding collection of paintings, including haunting Turner landscapes, and an exceptional collection of decorative arts. But, L.S. Lowry, the man whose paintings captured with tragic lyricism the dehumanizing conditions that accompanied industrial progress, is honored with his very own museum (not to mention a shopping center and a hotel) at the rejuvenated warehouse district of Salford Quays. Lowry’s ‘matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs’ hunched before belching smokestacks has defined the world’s collective vision of Manchester. From China to the Middle East, even people who can’t pin Manchester on a map will have heard of Manchester United and perhaps even danced to 1980s ‘Madchester’ house music. Old Trafford is the city’s shrine to football, a place where unbridled passions erupt during each Saturday afternoon home game.
While the Hacienda and other big name nightclubs that revolutionized the British dance music scene in the 1980s have had their day, the city’s music scene continues to flourish and reinvent itself with the unpretentious, salt-of-the-earth spirit that put Manchester at the apex of Industrial progress.
Airports within a 30-mile radius of Manchester:
- Manchester International Airport (MAN)
- Manchester Woodford Airport (EGCD)
- John Lennon Airport, Liverpool (LPL)
Popular aircraft charters* in the Manchester area include:
- Citation Excel (super light)
- Learjet 45 XR (super light)
- Citation CJ3 (light)
- Learjet 31ER 400A (light)
- Learjet 60 XR (midsize)
- Citation III (midsize)
- Gulfstream G200 (super midsize)
- Citation Sovereign (super midsize)
*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.